Music Publishing & New Media Agency
Itunes equals ten to the power of nine
On February 24, 2010, Apple's digital download service iTunes sold its ten billionth download since its inception in April 2003. In anticipation of this huge milestone, the silicon giant from 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA started a contest titled “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs”, monitoring sales to be able to pinpoint the ten billionth download, purchaser of which would receive the grand prize in form of a $10,000 iTunes gift certificate. The lucky downloader was Louie Sulcer from Woodstock, Georgia who hit the magic number by buying Johnny Cash’ “Things Happen That Way”.
Turn it upwards, downwards or sideways, ten billion downloads is an impressive figure but, perhaps even more interesting from the industry point of view, is the fact that it took five years to sell the first five billion downloads and less than two years to sell the next five. Although even this figure still does not compensate for the drop off in revenue caused by the decline in CD sales, these kinds of statistics show that there’s something to look forward to for the industry of music.
Bella italia - san remo - 60th edition
The picturesque town of San Remo hosted the diamond anniversary of the eponymous worldwide famous festival, which marks by far the most important Italian music event on the calendar, going under the official name Festival Della Canzone Italiana (Festival of the Italian Song).
Ever since 1951, this glamorous event has been held at the splendiferous Teatro Ariston and has served as a role model for countless regional music festivals. Its most famous offspring is the Eurosong contest and on a dozen occasions the winner of San Remo represented Italy at the Eurosong by default.
In its 60 years, San Remo has launched the careers of Italian stars such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini and Eros Ramazzotti.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Sugar Music’s artist Malika Ayana who won the “Mia Martini” critics’ award for her song “Ricomincio da qui”.
Beside Malika, two other IDM’s artists performed at the Festival – the legendary Toto Cutugno (Siebenpunkt) and Irene Grandi (Edizioni Curci).
The BRIT Awards, the British Phonographic Industry’s annual music awards have been handed out this February 16 at the beautifully designed interior of the Earls Court Arena. That the Brits have grown to the very top on the music awards relevance scale is well known, but the glamour, off-performance choreography and the sheer size of this year’s event must have solicited a symphony of “oohs” and “aahs” from even the most seasoned awards hounds (we suspect the producers of MTV Music Awards as well). Mash-ups from T-Pain and Slash (playing riffs from “November Rain”!!!), Jay’s and Alicia’s rendition of “Empire State of Mind” that keeps getting better and better, a stunning audiovisual performance from Lady GaGa, and a 20-minute medley from the Brit laureate Robbie Williams, all made for a truly unforgettable evening.
Oh, and here’s a list of IDM’s winners:
British Female Solo Artist:
Lily Allen (EMI)
British Male Solo Artist : Dizzee Rascal (Beggars)
British Group : Kasabian (EMI)
British Producer: Paul Epworth (EMI)
Critics' Choice : Ellie Goulding (Kobalt)
The BRITs Hits 30: Spice Girls - Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are (EMI/IMAGEM)
International Male Solo Artist: Jay-Z (EMI)
International Album : Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (EMI)
Outstanding Contribution Award: Robbie Williams (EMI)
BASTERDS AT THE BAFTAS – WALTZ DOMINATION CONTINUES
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual awards ceremony on February 21, for the first time under the helm of the newly appointed president HRH Prince William. The awards show left the frenzy of the Odeon Cinema at Leicester Square for the elegance of the venerable Royal Opera House for the third time in a row, suggesting a permanent change of venue.
“Inglourious Basterds” were nominated in six most prestigious categories:
- David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Quentin Tarantino
- Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
- Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
- Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson
- Best Editing: Sally Menke
- Best Production Design: Marco Bittner Rosser, Stephan Gessler, Sebastian T. Krawinkel, David Scheunemann, Steve Summersgill, Bettina von den Steinen
By now it should come as no surprise to anyone that the amazing Christoph Waltz took home the prize. Despite winning in each instance he has been nominated for this role, Waltz remains charmingly humble. “Supporting actor?” asked Waltz, shaking his head “No, supported actor. No Quentin – no Inglourious Basterds, no Quentin – no Colonel Landa, no Quentin – no Christoph at the BAFTAs”.
Oscars are next. Soon. Please don’t feign surprise
WISH UPON A STAR
After winning multiple Grammies and being honored by many halls of fame (such as Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), a great musical legend Roy Orbison will finally be honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 22 years after his death, Orbison will receive a star at the unveiling ceremony on January 29, to be attended by his wife Barbara and their sons Roy Jr. and Alex. Orbison was one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll which he influenced in countless ways during his career spanning four decades, often departing from the norms of the genre and thus creating a new expression and sound.
About The Hollywood Walk of Fame:
With its lengthy tradition of installation of stone block stars representing the globally famous and important people of motion pictures, television, radio, live theatre and recording (collectively known as “The Industry”), The Hollywood Walk of Fame became one of the most popular tourist spots in the United States and one of the primary associations with Hollywood. The sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood now feature 2393 stars bearing the names of both human celebrities and fictional characters awarded by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry.